“Brahms: The Boy II” (STX)
By Catholic News Service
After being traumatized by a violent home invasion, a British businessman (Owain Yeoman), his American wife (Katie Holmes) and their young son (Christopher Convery) temporarily relocate from London to a house in the English countryside where the lad unearths an antique doll that turns out to be more terrorist than toy.
Returning director William Brent Bell’s follow-up to his 2016 film alternates between the occasional good jolt and long periods of tedium, with the silliness of the premise never out of the frame. While there’s little to object to in a horror flick that most teens can likely handle, there’s not much entertainment value to the proceedings either.
Occult themes, some stylized violence, a few gruesome images, veiled references to marital sexuality, a single instance each of profane and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.